GROUP OF 21 UPDATE
Week 1: June 4-8
The group of 21, composed of South Africa, Barbados, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Kenya Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Canada, the US, France, Sweden, India, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Czech Republic, Croatia, Macedonia, and the Russian Federation, began working on the Declaration on June 5 attempting to 1) cluster the paragraphs, 2) eliminate duplication, and 3) make recommendations for merging, etc.
After three days of work, June 5-7, the G-21 completed clustering the Declaration and a reorganized Declaration was prepared by the Secretariat. During the clustering, the G-21 agreed upon the below listed categories and sub-categories.
I. General Issues
II. Sources, Causes, Forms and Contemporary Manifestations
Ethnic cleansing, genocide, slavery and similar crimes
Africans and People of African Descent
Women and Children
- Measures of Prevention, etc.
Principles, Values and International Solidarity
Political Platforms, Ideas, Theories, Doctrines of Racial Superiority
Dialogue Between Civilizations and Diversity
- Provision of Effective Remedies, etc.
Remedies for Victims
- Strategies to Achieve Full and Effective Equality, etc.
Failure of Efforts
Inequities and Social Indicators
Role of Parliments, National Institutions, civil Society, NGOs and Youth
By Wednesday, June 6, evening sessions were held and were agreed to for the remainder of the G-21 meetings. Many of the government representatives from capitals will not be present for the second week of work for the G-21, including the U.S. and Canada. Cheryl Sim, from the U.S. Mission in Geneva, will represent the U.S.
On Thursday, June 7, with clustering of the Declaration complete, a discussion took place about the order of work; either move on to the task of eliminating duplication in the Declaration or undertake clustering the Program of Action (POA). After some discussion, the G-21 divided into two groups. One group continued identifying and eliminating duplication in the Declaration while the other group clustered paragraphs in the Program of Action. This second group, working on the POA, worked without language translation services and was composed of ONE representative from each of the regional groups. All other G-21 members/representatives worked on the Declaration with language services available.
The members of the small group working on the POA were Canada, Brazil, Iran, Tunisia, and the Czech Republic.
By Friday, a first read-through of the Program of Action was completed. One-third of the document was duplication and was recommended for deletion. The revised POA will be issued on Monday, June 11 but will not be final.
The G-21 will continue working through this week.